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Best Film Editing 2011 – 2012

Best Film Editing

 Listed in accordance to likely win

Nominees

The Artist” (Anne-Sophie Bion)

“Hugo” (Thelma Schoonmaker)

“Moneyball” (Christopher Tellefsen)

“The Descendants” (Kevin Tent)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall)

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Analysis

Updated: December 4, 2011

Rule of thumb is that in order to be in contention for Best Picture, one must also be nominated for Best Editing. While not as indicative of a film’s strength as Best Director, Best Editing does show some measure of strength for a film within the awards race. So with that, we’re looking at the elite contenders in The Tree of Life, The Artist, Hugo, and War Horse getting nominated. Usually there’s one slot reserved for an action-oriented contender that is outside of the typically nominated Best Picture race. This year is particularly ripe with films that display an acute understanding of the importance of editing, with Martha Marcy May Marlene, Moneyball, and Drive among outside contenders looking at the last spot. But given David Fincher’s history here, I’m guessing that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo will take the spot. This all depends on where Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close lands on the awards spectrum.

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Analysis

Updated: October 15, 2011

I’m slowly giving up on Drive. Though I’d say it has a better shot of getting in for editing than for any other category. Even moreso than Albert Brooks.

The category isn’t really too in deep outside of the presumed front-runners for Best Picture. Super 8 might shake things up, but it’s doubtful.

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